I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  We spent time with family and just relaxed, which was exactly what I needed.  Here's to another wonderful weekend, and the lovely fact that we still have snow on the ground!  We got another few inches last night and it's just beautiful.  Take time this weekend to relax after the hustle and bustle of the holidays and soak up the rest of 2012.  2013 will be here in a few short days, looking forward to it!



How much fun would it be to put together holiday gift guides?!  A lot.  However, I came across this amazing gift guide from to & from magazine and they've already done the work for us... and they've done a great job at that!  It includes some of my favorite bloggers and spans almost every category you can think of - categorized by family member, interests, life stage, etcIt's also got some great DIY projects you could whip up yourself and seriously impress the giftee by doing so.

Go check it out, you'll be glad you didClick here for the eye candy!

Anyone out there putting together their own gift guides?  You must share if you do!

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Given that it's the last Friday before Christmas, I thought some beautiful images that capture the warm 'n fuzzies of the season would be the perfect way to wrap up the week.  Have a truly wonderful holiday season and enjoy time with loved ones, bundling up (at least here) and resting in the grace of God's gift to us.  Enjoy!

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It's that time again!  The past few months summarized in some scrolling pictures... although you could probably call it "random pics of the cats" and be a little too close to accurate.

 Enjoy your day!  I know you're just as guilty when it comes to pet photos on the phone.



I have found myself reading and re-reading this verse many times over the past several years.  It sticks out to me and allows me to let go of it all and completely and fully rely on God.  We can get so caught up in what we need to do, or so stressed out about issues we're dealing with, that we forget that the creator of the universe is on our side.  And has a perfect plan for us if we will just let Him have control.  It's pretty comical sometimes, the effort I put into having control and trying to make things go my way when I am not and never will be in control, and thank goodness for that!  God's plan is always infinitely better.

Have such a wonderful weekend!  And remember, God will always take care of you.  REST in that!

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This past weekend, my mom, my brother's girlfriend, and I spent then entire afternoon baking (and sampling) all kinds of Christmas cookies.  We turned up the carols, whipped out the ingredients and mixed, baked and tasted until we had about a half a dozen different kinds.

Aren't these Rudolphs so much fun?  My brother's girlfriend found the recipe and not only are they the most festive cookies, but they are seriously good too.  You can find the recipe here.

His and her's snowmen, anyone?  I wasn't quite done with them at this stage...

I took home a bunch and the rest are for Christmas day!  My fav are the melting moments, the red and green ones... delish!



It has been unseasonably warm and dry here, but Sunday, we're set for below freezing temperatures and snow!  And believe me, it is welcome!  Have a wonderful weekend whereever you are, and bundle up if necessary.  As for me, I'll be in front of the fire with a blanket.

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We all know the holiday season is a busy one, so I thought it would be a good idea to create a list of fun things to do during this perfect time of year before we hustle and bustle through December and wake up and realize it's 2013.

So take a minute to relax, enjoy the season and the celebration of our Savior's birth!  Even though I'm definitely thankful on Thanksgiving, I find myself even more so during the Christmas season.  Pick your favorites from this list (or create your own!) and make sure to take the time to enjoy crossing them off so you can look back and know you soaked it all up.

What's on your list?  Here's ours!

Merry Christmas everyone! 



Oh we had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  A few months ago I signed us up for the Turkey Trot and so we watched a bit of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and then headed out into the (somewhat) cold to get our trot on.

It was Ryan, my mom and I.

After the trot, we headed over to Ryan's grandmother's house and spent the day with that side of the family.  And of course, we ate.  A lot.  I didn't get a picture of us until we got home and this might be the blurriest picture ever, but I still wanted to snap one for the record.

We really do have so much to be thankful for this year - God's grace and promises, family, friends, our home, our cats (of course), employment, and especially each other.  Hope your Thanksgiving was just wonderful!



Today let's all take a minute to give thanks (I believe Christmas time is one of the best times to do so) and soak it all in, shall we?  The hustle and bustle has officially started, at least with us.  A minute or two of just being... could do us all some good.

Have a blissful weekend, and make sure to take a minute (or two, or ten) to just relax.

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Hi everyone!  Today I'm so excited to share my latest sponsor with you - Amy from Five Kinds of Happy.  We connected a few months ago when we discovered that we simultaneously but unknowingly shared the truth about blogging (check out my post here and hers here).  It was so refreshing to talk to someone with the same perspective who was actually willing to put it out there!

I have loved keeping in touch with her and the similarities we've discovered are nothing short of hilarious... it started with the blogging reveal and has since led to discovering that we cleaned out our garages at the same time, call our grandfathers by the same name and simply just love good design.

The difference between us?  She is a super-talented painter, has a gorgeous lovely-meets-colorful-meets-modern home, and is a legit designer.  Oh, and she lives on the other side of the world where it's springtime right now and she blogs regularly, haha!  Head on over to her blog and check it out, you'll want to stay awhile!

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

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Now that we've officially given thanks and there's only a few more days left in November, I thought it would be a good time to check in and see how we did on our Fall Bucket List...

Not too bad, right?  I would have loved to go on a picnic and have a leaf pile photoshoot, but it's been a  busy fall and I'm plenty happy with what we did accomplish.  A few things were crossed off with the help of family, but it still counts in my book.  Now, just for fun, a photo-recap.

Well, with the fall list all wrapped up, it's time to get to work on my Christmas season bucket list!  Stay tuned!



You better believe today's Feel Good Friday is Christmas-themed.  I've always been a holiday puritan and strongly believe that Thanksgiving deserves all it's glory on it's own, but that doesn't mean I'm not twice as excited as you are for Christmas.

Have a truly wonderful weekend ringing in the Christmas season everyone!  We'll be getting out all the decorations and putting up the tree!  Let this year be centered around the fact that we are saved, we are God's children because His child was born for us.  There is nothing more exciting than that fact.  'Tis the season!

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  We're wishing delicious food (and lots of it) and a warm home filled with friends and family to all of you.  We'll be watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, partaking in the local Turkey Trot, and heading over to Ryan's grandmother's house for an entire afternoon of eating and thankfulness.

We have so much to be thankful for this year and want to remember not to take any of it for granted.  We know there are people out there praying for what we, and many others, live with in our day to day lives without giving it much thought.  We also know that God will provide for us what we're praying for.  So yes, give thanks!

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Yay Friday!  Seriously glad it's here this week.  Since Thanksgiving is coming up, I thought this would be the perfect little quote going into this weekend and the following week... it's completely true, right?!

What are your Thanksgiving plans?  Are you hosting?  Happily just attending?  Don't really care as long as you get pumpkin pie?

Have a delicious weekend (and Thanksgiving!) everyone!

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Here's a post that is probably very boring to you, but to us, beyond exciting.  We cleaned out and organized our garage.  Woohoo.  Seriously, I get excited each time I walk out there now.  This is not a project with gorgeous awe-inspiring after photos and pin-worthy material, it's a garage people.  Just some simple organization that makes life easier.

Since moving in nine months ago, it became a dumping ground for shoes, tools, items to be donated and old wine bottles.  It wasn't a big issue during the summer because I would just park outside and let my half of the garage pile up more and more each week, pretty much unaffected.

However, as temperatures began to drop recently and I actually had to run the heater in the morning because my car was a bit chilly, I declared it officially time to clean out the garage so the wife can park inside of it.

Here's some befores.  Picture me muttering under my breath while looking for the other shoe I need every morning.

Probably should have put a "WATCH YOUR STEP" sign and painted the edges of the stairs yellow.

This is where the accumulation would take place... and sadly, it's after we already cleaned out a bunch of stuff.

Now for the afters!  After purging, we realized we didn't really have too much to store in there.  It's amazing what a trip to Goodwill and an organization shelf will do.  And look!  Wife can now park in the garage and be nice and warm on the way to work.  Picture happy wife.

More organization goodness in the form of a hanging system we found at Home Depot and a shoe rack found at Target.  P.S. all my "pretty" shoes are on the shelves in our bedroom closet.  These are just the more frequently worn ones.  It's important you know that.

This shelving rack we got hold 4,000 pounds.  What the?!  What would you ever put on those shelves that would weigh 4,000 pounds?

So that's the latest installment of project organize the house.  Any organizing you've done recently?  It seems like we do more of a "fall cleaning" than a "spring cleaning" around here.



Hello everyone and happy Friday!  I hope your week treated you well and that your weekend is even better to you.  Today is a little reminder that is especially relevant going into the holiday season.  Sure, stuff can be great and we all need a little retail therapy once in awhile, but it will never compare with the moments that make up our lives.  The people that are truly happy out there... it's their life and experience that make it up.  I love this...

Have a wonderful weekend and cherish those moments everyone!

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If I'm crazy, please just let me know.  This is one of those projects that came out of absolutely nowhere and I can't decide if it's fun and inventive, or just plain dumb.

It came about as I was taking pictures of a different project (and us bloggers know how crazy it can get when you're trying to get a decent photo) on one of our dining room chairs.  After taking a few shots, I thought a nice burlap background would work well, so I threw our dining room table runner over the chair and snapped a few more pictures.  Ok, the intentioned project is done.

However, the burlap table runner draped over the chair actually caught my eye... and the next thing I know, that table runner is attached to my table chair.

Seriously.  I kind of like the striped look it gives and it just adds another design element to some otherwise plain chairs.  It won't last forever, but it is a fun way to dress up for chair for a bit!  Especially if you used a bright colored or fun patterned runner.

The best part about it?  It's completely temporary, all you have to do is remove it and your table runner is back where it belongs... on the table.  In the pictures below, I've got the other matching table runner on the table itself and it's a bit much with the chair right there, but I think it could be a great way to switch up the look of your dining room chairs in a cheap and simple manner.

As for actually sitting in the chairs with the runners "attached," it wasn't a problem at all, and the burlap has quite a bit of texture, so you'd be in even better shape if you went with a smoother fabric.  Again, this method is temporary, so if you wanted a more permanent solution, you could use a staple gun or fabric glue to attach it for good.

Ok let me have it... it's kind of crazy right?!  Happy Tuesday!



Feel Good Friday, round two!  I hope your week was wonderful and that your weekend will be even better.  It's been a busy one for us, both work and life, so the weekend is very welcome in my book.

My pick-me-up today is just a little shout-out to my husband.  I could write one every day and it wouldn't be enough.  He is such a man of character and I admire him.  Plus, he takes pretty good care of me, and I can be crazy sometimes, so thanks babe.  Love you.

I also love this picture because it's pretty much the title of our first dance, You & Me.

Have a great weekend everyone!  What's making you smile about it?  Just the fact that it is the weekend?  Something exciting to do?  Make it a good one!

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